"Jay is doing fine," the comic's new
Actually, based on a preliminary accounting -- and accounting is ultimately what motivated the move -- Leno is doing as well as can by expected, which isn't exactly the same as "fine."
Taking inventory of Leno's primetime adventure requires a view from multiple angles:
As a consequence, the pacing feels off. The program still starts with its strength, Leno's monologue, but has then conspicuously killed time for the next 20 minutes because of the imperative to relocate the guest and whatever comedy bit once immediately followed the monologue ("Headlines," etc.) into the second half-hour.
In its determination to allay fidgety affiliates' concerns about people nodding or zapping off,
In hindsight, Leno should have gone with his instincts and just done the show he was comfortable doing, standing -- or failing -- on its merits.
Honestly, they're not bad -- slightly better than Leno was delivering in latenight, where HUT (homes using TV) levels are considerably lower.
Excluding the inflated launch week, Leno mostly settled in the 5 million to 6 million viewer range -- enjoying a modest spike on Tuesdays, where "The Biggest Loser" provides a bigger lead-in; and struggling Thursdays, where
By contrast, "The Jay Leno Show" is more a default option ("
Further ratings erosion would be bad news, but without a serious dive below current levels (and the show has dipped below 5 million viewers twice in the last six nights),
It's too early to conclude whether "Leno" is seriously hurting late local news and "Tonight Show" under
By mitigating risk and playing not to lose,
For obvious reasons, the producing community has also been apprehensive and hostile toward
Late-Night's New Faces
Beyond rewriting the rules of primetime, Jay Leno's shift to 10 p.m. signals the end of the "big tent" late-night talk show -- as TV talk disperses into narrower personalities, each with their own targeted audience.
The Jay Leno Show: Leno Saving the Best for Last
In some respects, 'The Jay Leno Show' is a lot like Leno's 'The Tonight Show' turned upside down. Leno's best-known comedy bits, such as the 'Jaywalking' segment, his riffs on headlines and 99-cent Only Store advertisements, run in the final quarter-hour of NBC's most talked-about new fall series.
NBC Puts a Royal Spin on Latenight
Most of Craig Ferguson's audience was doubtless mystified when he used his opening segment to ridicule NBC's press release proclaiming Conan O'Brien "the new king of late night."
The Movie Star Deluxe - Elizabeth Taylor
YOU SEE, she didn't care about being a star. She cared about living a certain way. It was what she was used to. And she lived that grand life with Burton and thought they'd have it forever. That's what was most important to her: to have a great companion in her great life ... it was all about being with him. That's all that really mattered.
Oscarcast Challenged By More Nominations
Widening the Academy Awards field to 10 contenders for 2009 was hailed and criticized on various fronts, with some seeing the expanded roster as a crass, grade-inflating attempt to provide more populist appeal -- thus boosting the audience's rooting interest and, presumably, the kudocast's ratings.
The National Dog Show, presented by Purina, will air in a two-hour special on Thanksgiving Day, following the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC, 12 p.m. ET. Arguably, even more than the legendary parade, the dog show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, has a little something for one everyone in the family. That's a rarity on TV these days
Fox - White House Media War is Killing News
When members of the Obama administration announced that they did not consider Fox a real news network, they were actually bringing attention to what has become the sad reality of real news gathering in this country: It's disappearing faster than contestants on Survivor
TV News Sensationalism: Everything Is Suspect
Back in 1949, a little girl in California fell down a well. As diggers tried to save her, a huge crowd gathered. The rescue attempt, which took several days, was broadcast nationwide on radio -- and followed anxiously on a new medium called television. Since that moment, kids and danger have been an irresistible lure for broadcasters
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